Welcome to Farming Upward

This blog takes a casual look into the world of concepts and emerging technologies concerning and related to Vertical Farming and sustainable agricultural practices.

Unsure of where to start? Where we are and where we could go should be your port of call – a look at where we’ve come from and how our agricultural development has led us to where we are now.

  • Where we are & where we could go… - Our Beginnings To the best of our knowledge, in the four and a half billion years that our humble planet Earth has existed, mankind is the most advanced species to have evolved during that time span. This advancement didn’t arise because we had the biggest teeth or the sharpest claws – it came about because we […]
  • Anatomy of a Vertical Farm - In the last post, which you can read here, I introduced you to the state of the world, specifically, the impact that agricultural activity has had, and continues to have on the environment around us. At the end, I mentioned how vertical farms and their related technologies could serve as a saving grace for us. […]
  • Vertical Farming Technologies - In the last post, I introduced you to the fundamental ways in which vertical farms are structured – from small home and business farms using vertical pipes or A-frames, to larger scale enterprises using stacked plant beds or the designs of the future – the multi-storey production powerhouses. What all of these vertical farms have […]
  • More than just food… Part 1 - Vertical Farm Produce: More than just food In the last article, we discussed briefly the main types of technology that are used for plant (and Animal) production in vertical farms – Hydroponics, Aeroponics and Aquaponics. Now the vertical farms growing the products are most likely going to be commercial in nature and as is the […]
  • More than just food… Part 2 - Vertical Farm Produce: More than just food In part 1, which you can read here, we took a look at the by-products of food production, either of the food directly by way of the parts of the plant that aren’t for consumption or by way of other products that form part of the process toward […]
  • Farming Insects for Food - Over the last two weeks, we have taken a look at some of the possible production items that a vertical farm could produce that are not intended as food. These products have a wide range of applications, everything from medicine to cosmetics, disinfectant to deodorant, textiles production, essential, cooking and combustible oils, fertiliser to cooking […]
  • Vertical Farming for the home - Over the last few posts, we’ve been exploring the grandiose idea that is the future of vertical farming – skyscraper hubs of efficient, renewable food production – but big ideas often start small and vertical farming is no different. Urban Farming Urban farming is an umbrella term for the practice of cultivating, processing a distributing food in […]
  • Vertical Farming & The Internet of Things - In the last post, we were looking at vertical farming applications in and around the home. One of the applications we looked at was a project called RUFS (Robotic Urban Farm System). One of the cool aspects of that project was its inclusion of IOT – short for the Internet of Things. If you haven’t heard […]
  • Vertical Farming+ : The Eco-City – Part 1 - Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the current state of affairs, what vertical farming is and what it can be, some of the technologies that drive vertical farming, farming insects as a food source and how vertical farms can produce more than food. We’ve explored how vertical farming can be implemented in […]
  • Vertical Farming+ : The Eco-City – Part 2 - In the last post, we looked at what the idea on an eco-city was, and how energy and resource generation and consumption have a big role in an eco-city’s design. Vertical farms play a role in both of those aspects, both as generators and as users of those assets. The next point of consideration is the […]